Crystal Paradise offers a unique and intimate way to experience the magic of Belize. Our family-owned eco lodge is located in the lush jungle and alongside the beautiful Macal River, a secluded location but still close to San Ignacio, the major town of the Cayo District. Combine this exotic atmosphere with genuine Belizean family hospitality, and the result is a rare encounter between culture and adventure. We provide our guests with the opportunity to explore the country’s many wonders while staying in comfortable accommodations that reflect Belizean culture. It is one of the few Belize resorts, and Belize eco friendly Jungle lodges owned and operated by a Belizean family. The resort was hand built by the Tut family, using the ancient art of palm–thatched roofs that compliment with the natural beauty of the surrounding jungle. Our large family runs this Belize eco-lodge and Jungle resort as a team to offer you the finest Belize accommodations along with a wide variety of activities and tours, offering you a Belize vacation that regular hotels can’t compare with. It has been a favorite in Belize travel for more than a decade.
- 17 Unit facility
- Operated by Belizean family
- Thatched cabanas with ceiling fans
- Verandas- complete with cozy hammocks
- Hot showers in baths
- Daily room cleaning and laundry service
- Full course meals included
- Surrounded by jungle and River, waterfalls nearby
- Nature and medicinal trails
- 3 In-house Naturalist Guides
- Telephone available and free WIFI
- Conference facilities.
There are three palapas at Crystal Paradise. A palapa is a round structure with thatched roof. Each thatched palapa features hammocks and sitting area for relaxing and enjoying the scenery on the grounds, especially in our gardens inhabited by many exotic birds and butterflies.
Deck – The deck next to the Belize dining room overlooks the valley and is an ideal place for spotting birds and watching an array of hummingbirds come to the feeders. Three spotting scopes and binoculars are available for birding in Belize. Frequent visitors include hummingbirds, toucans, tanagers, honeycreepers, and flycatchers. Later in the evening, the deck is a good place to meet after a day of activities and join the family and other guests for a chat.
The kitchen serves up the best of mouth-watering home cooking. You can sample a variety of homemade local Belizean dishes, fresh in-season fruits and veggies prepared by mother and daughters. Our meals are served family style. Have breakfast and dinner with us in our open-air thatched roof dining room overlooking the jungles, beautiful palms, and exotic trees. You’ll be sure to have plenty to eat here at beautiful Crystal Paradise. Enjoy watching a number of hummingbirds that come to the feeders over breakfast.
Our bar is stocked with plenty of local beverages. After an exciting day of discovery and exploration you can relax with a refreshing drink from the self-service bar and share your day’s adventure with other guests. The bar serves various things from refreshing limeade to rum punches and local mix drinks such as panty rippers, rumaritas and more. Be sure to try our specials or sample many of our local rums, Belikin beers, etc. Your first drink is on the house when you check into Crystal Paradise.
The Resort Grounds
Crystal Paradise is situated on 21 acres of land near the Macal River see Belize map. The Belize jungle is rich with a diversity of life. Over 265 species of Belize birds have been sighted on the Crystal Paradise property. In addition to a number of orchid species, there are over 150 species of plants and trees that are found on the property. Fruit trees such as mangoes, pineapples, avocados, bananas, and citrus, as well as many flowering plants and trees can be seen year round.
There are a number of jungle trails. Guests can easily spend an hour or so leisurely walking the trails either spotting birds and or learning about many of the Belize medicinal plants that we have labeled and have developed booklet with a description of the plant and its uses.
This Belize Birds observation platform was built so that our guests can enjoy an above-the-canopy view and Belize jungle experience. The deck is a great place to watch birds or sit back and enjoy the Belizean sunsets and a quiet place to read a book and or simply enjoy nature.
Our family consists of 12 members: Victor and Teresa are parents of 10 children, Jeronie, Everald, Fernando, Omar, Emelita, Ismelda, Julie, Eric, Carolita and Andy. The Tut family started out as farmers. We spent our days growing and transporting fruits and vegetables by canoe to the town market in San Ignacio and watermelons by truck to Belize City. One day the family dug a pond on the premises and the next day, they found it filled with crystal–clear water. Hence the farm became known as Crystal Farm.
In 1986 an inquiry about lodgings launched the Tuts into visualizing a unique family–style resort. Victor, who was skilled in the construction of traditional thatched–roof buildings, immediately recognized the potential in this non–conventional market and began building cabanas on the family land. When the resort was opened in 1992, “paradise” replaced “farm” in our name to give people an idea of the beauty, tranquility and peacefulness of the area. Hence, Crystal Paradise Resort was born.
Crystal Paradise Resort in Belize is one of the few Belizean owned and operated Belize eco lodge and jungle resorts in western Belize. Our family works together as a team to offer the best hospitality in Belize and our guests will always have a memorable stay with us.
The sons, who are avid Belize birders and nature lovers, maintain the beautiful grounds, operate the Belize tour company Paradise Expeditions while serving as your Belize guides on a variety of Belize tours including hiking, Belize cave tubing, horseback riding, kayaking and birding in Belize. Teresa is now semi retired while the daughters and family such as cousins and other members from the nearby village keep the Belize guest rooms clean and comfortable and also cook up the best in traditional Belizean and International cuisine.
So come and join the Tut family, they will be sure to show you a great time. Bring your family and friends too.
We are happy to offer several Belize lodging options to suit different tastes and budgets. All of our cabanas are fully screened, equipped with ceiling fans, private baths with hot showers. You can relax and listen to the sounds of the Belize jungle from your very own veranda with a hammock and deck chairs for your comfort.
Valley View Thatched Cabanas
These Belize lodging cabanas offer a breath taking view of the Macal River valley and surrounding Belize Jungles. A gentle breeze and the thatched roof make the temperature inside these Belize Cabanas pleasant both day and night. Each cabana contains a queen–sized bed and a twin bed. Has 1 queen and a twin bed. Room #1 to 7.
Deluxe Thatched Cabanas
These large Belize cabanas offer a great view of the Macal River valley and surrounding Belize Jungles. A gentle breeze and the thatched roof make the temperature inside these Belize Cabanas pleasant both day and night. Each cabana contains two queen–sized bed and two twin beds. Features a large porch and a large bathroom with two sinks can easily accommodate 4 or 5 guests in each. Has 2 doubles and 2 twins in each. Room #8 and 9
Garden Thatched Cabanas
We have four cabanas- As the name suggests, the Garden View cabanas offer a great view of the garden and landscape of Crystal Paradise. Each room has a double bed and a twin bed. Has one queen and a set of twin Bunk beds Room #15 and 16
Garden View Lofts Family Cabanas
We have two thatched cabanas with lofts. They are very spacious. These rooms have multiple beds, allowing for up to 8 people to stay comfortably. These rooms are great for Belize family travel or Belize tour groups. Has 2 doubles and 4 single beds in each loft Room # 12 and 17
These are our most economical rooms. They do not have thatched roofs or private porch area, but they are located around a palapa with hammocks and chairs for all to use. Has one double and 1 set of bunk beds Rooms #10 and 11
We only have one of these individual cottages. All other cabanas mentioned above are duplex and this cabana is individual. Surrounded by Heliconia plants and flowers, features a large bath, one queen size bed nice set of sitting table and chairs inside, porch with hammocks and is fully Air-conditioned. A great area to spot wedge tailed sabrewing and hermit hummingbirds. Has 1 queen size bed Room #14
|9 Valley View Cabanas
2 Garden View Cabanas
2 Garden Lofts Cabanas
|1 Heliconia Cottage||2 standard rooms|
- Discounts on cash or traveler checks payment.
- Deposits must be made to confirm spaces.
- Each additional person in room (no meals) US$22.00
- Children under 5 yrs free of charge in parent room, 6 to 11 yrs US $11.00, 12 yrs and over: US $22.00
- Add 9% tax to above rates
- Home cooked meals served family style
Explore Belize with Paradise Expeditions. Let us be your guide to Belize. The Tut brothers will give you small, personalized tours of a variety of unique Belizean attractions. There are many to choose from to suit the tastes of everyone, from the adventurous to the laid back traveler. All of our guides are brimming with knowledge of the ecological, cultural, and historical aspects of Belize. They are sure to provide with the most entertaining and memorable tours. Join us on one of our many Belize tours. Cost of Belize tours.
We can customize a Belize vacation and tour package especially for you. We have years of experience in the hospitality and Belize tourism industry. Leave the planning to us. Whether your trip to Belize is for pleasure business, Belize family reunion, site seeing or you wish to say I do on top of one of the maya temples or by a waterfall. We can help with your Belize wedding to ensure it will be the most memorable experience.
Birding in Belize
Go birding with one of our brimming and knowledgeable guides in the diverse bird habitats of Belize. Some of the top guides in Belize are employed by us. Birding tours are available for both avid and casual birders. Any of our tours, such as visits to Maya ruins, can include birding. Of course you do not have to go on a birding tour to enjoy our birds. Dozens of species can be seen right on our grounds such as toucans, mot-mots and thrushes that come to feed on the papayas we leave out for birds in the mornings. At least 8 species of hummingbirds frequent our bird feeders in our dining area.